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John Catterson (@jfcatto) and Pete Whiting (@mr_van_w) are two Australian Flipped Educators. Together they talk education, pedagogy and current practice. Find more of Pete and John: Website - www.catfisheducation.com YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/MrCattersonScience YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/PWhiting
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Feb 26, 2020

This week Pete (@mr_van_w) laments the extra workload caused by menial tasks that have no benefit to the teacher or the students but are mandated within schools or systems. New contributor Shawtima (@ShawtimaSmiles) invites us to join her on her quest to improving her workflow and taking some of the power back. John (@jfcatto) comments on a report written by an idiot, who somehow managed to get a job as chair of a committee, that doesn't even garner support from the members of the committee.

Also - who knew John would know what Dementors are?

 

Pete: The Pedagogical Dementors - Sarah Barker

https://thestableoyster.wordpress.com/2019/12/05/the-pedagogical-dementors/

It Starts as an Annotated Seating Plan - Sarah Barker

https://thestableoyster.wordpress.com/2020/02/12/it-starts-as-an-annotated-seating-plan/

John: Report calls for school inspectors to monitor teachers - Jordan Baker

https://www.smh.com.au/national/report-calls-for-school-inspectors-to-monitor-teachers-20200218-p541z6.html

 

Taika Waititi - Give Nothing To Racism

https://youtu.be/g9n_UPyVR5s 

 

Thanks so much Shawtima, you're a druid of the highest order, lady of all crocheted crustaceans, and the shiniest shiny there is!

 

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catfisheducation@gmail.com

www.catfish.education

www.mrvanw.com  

Feb 16, 2020

This week John (@jfcatto) wades through the Grattan Institute's mammoth report recommending the implementation of Instructional Specialists and Master Teachers. 

Pete (@mr_van_w) highlights the idea of Assessment Literacy for teachers and to question what inferences and conclusions can be made from assessments.  

 

John: Top teachers: sharing expertise to Improve teaching - Peter Goss and Julie Sonnemann

https://grattan.edu.au/report/top-teachers/

 

Pete: Needed: A Dose of Assessment Literacy - W James Popham

http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership/mar06/vol63/num06/Needed@-A-Dose-of-Assessment-Literacy.aspx 

Feb 10, 2020

This week Pete (@mr_van_w) ponders an interview from one of our our stable mates ERRR that makes him question how progressive is too progressive.  John (@jfcatto) then discusses something close to his heart; teacher accreditation at the higher levels of Highly Accomplished Teachers (HAT) and Lead Teachers (LT). 

 

Pete:  Education Research Reading Room #038: Peter Gray on the Freedom to Learn - Ollie Lovell 

https://www.ollielovell.com/errr/petergray/

 

John: Incentivising Quality: It will take more than just carrots to keep teachers in the classroom - Melanie Ralph

https://lustreeducation.wordpress.com/2020/01/15/incentivising-quality-it-will-take-more-than-carrots-to-keep-teachers-in-classrooms/

Feb 10, 2020

This week Pete (@mr_van_w) ponders an interview from one of our our stable mates ERRR that makes him question how progressive is too progressive.  John (@jfcatto) then discusses something close to his heart; teacher accreditation at the higher levels of Highly Accomplished Teachers (HAT) and Lead Teachers (LT). 

 

Pete:  Education Research Reading Room #038: Peter Gray on the Freedom to Learn - Ollie Lovell 

https://www.ollielovell.com/errr/petergray/

 

John: Incentivising Quality: It will take more than just carrots to keep teachers in the classroom - Melanie Ralph

https://lustreeducation.wordpress.com/2020/01/15/incentivising-quality-it-will-take-more-than-carrots-to-keep-teachers-in-classrooms/

Feb 3, 2020

Pete (@mr_van_w) and John (@jfcatto) return to the 2020 year with a rambling recap of their holidays. Pete identifies some of the obligatory media narratives that need to be trotted out at the start of another school year. John regales us with a parable illustrating the some of the nuances between Direct Instruction and Discovery Learning that are not taken into account by the quantitative studies

Articles:

Pete:  I haven't even started teaching yet, but it's already cost me $700 - and I'm not alone - Ellen Wengert

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-01-24/starting-costs-graduate-teachers-in-the-classroom/11872676

What can parents do to help their child's teacher? A 'recovering' teacher's term one wishlist - Gabby Stroud

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-01-29/what-can-parents-do-to-help-their-childs-teacher/11902654

John: Discovery Learning Experiments - Georgios Zonnios

https://georgios.blog/discovery-learning-experiments/

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